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In the process of kicking around ideas for a new series on After Ed (2.0...details coming at our seminar next week!) We've had a few education-focused organizations, people, activists and gurus on our radar. The list includes Once Upon a School, the TED wish of Dave Eggers, explained in short form here:
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re: http://nycll.wordpress.com/ In addition to AfterEd videos, I'll be plugging along on my MA project for the International Education Development department. My concentration is in 'literacy, language and technology'--so I've designed a project that will work with students outside of classroom parameters, but with the technologies they actively use in and out of the classroom. You might agree, there could be a lot of overlap with AfterEd and EdLab on this project. Students will be have a series of workshops on: the meaning of linguistic landscape (reflecting on the connection betw...
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Check out this short article : An AP Calculus teacher in suburban San Diego has placed advertisements on his tests - $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, $30 for a semester final - in response to school budget cuts in supplies. It is interesting that 2/3 of ads are inspirational messages from parents; were this practice scaled-up, i wonder how it might be different in non-suburban communities. While concerns over the commercialization of education are easily overblown, sober versions seem well founded. Wha...
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Today, Eric, Ching-Fu and I attended the first seminar of the Human Development Colloquium where Professor Gary Natriello and Professor John Black were to speak on “Technology and Learning from the Perspectives of Sociology and Cognitive Science”. Somehow time got away, and we never actually got to hear Professor John Black's portion of the talk on Technology and Learning from the perspective of Cognitive Science. In any case, it was a terrific introduction to EdLab, its ...
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12 years ago
I was looking over the list of presentations during the NCSS conference. On the first day of the conference Wendell Bourne, Chi Do and Susan Latton will be discussing the ITVS Community Classroom. If you dont know about ITVS, they fund documentary projects that speak about issues not usually discussed in the mainstream news. They just started developing curriculum to accompany their documentary films. You can check out their first curriculum segment here. It's for the documentary, "Hip Hop...
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12 years ago
Cambridge, Mass.-based Software Secure has released a new device that promises to stop cheating in online environments. Called Remote Proctor, a small Web cam (which points into a reflective ball thereby allowing it to capture a full 360-degree image) and microphone is set up where a student takes the exam (see picture here). Once the test begins, the device records audio/video (I know it sounds like
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Perhaps the warm weather has taken a hold of my imagination, but recently I've been thinking about the idea of an EdLab-designed NYC Charter School. This could be interesting to explore by thinking about the design of the facility (and its library), the use of technology, the theme of the school, the allocation of resources, etc. Potentially such a project might provide: (1) an internal contribution to the EdLab Reimagining Schooling project. Initial designs and actual proposals might emerge. (2) external deliverables to the growing number of charter schools in NYC. Recently I came a...
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One of the most popular articles in the New York Times is about adolescent medicine. In “Treating the Awkward Years,” Hoffman describes how doctors have a difficult time treating adolescents, who are neither adults nor children. As well, this population is susceptible to major health risks, many which could be treated with mild conversational intervention. But, there are not enough concerned adults to undertake that type of work. Having worked with 8th and...
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Check out this paper from the HP Information Dynamics Laboratory. The researchers, Fu and Huberman, conduct an analysis of Digg to explore the dynamics of collective attention in the virtual sphere. They discovered that most stories in Digg lost their "novelty appeal" within 69 minutes. This finding is not surprising given the way that Digg organizes it stories. However, the researchers assert that the results can also be interpreted to...
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The New York Times reports how the administration at Connecticut's Wilton High School has stopped students from staging the production of their play about the Iraq War. While I generally try to remain skeptical and broad minded, I have a hard time seeing the side of the administration. (read more)
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